My amateur photographer's view on the city of Barcelona
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The History of Barcelona

Carthaginians are believed to find Barcelona in around 230 BC, and more than 25 centuries ago, the Carthaginians and the Phoenicians settled on the industrial port. In the 1st century BC, the Romans replaced the Carthaginians, and in 5th century, the Visigoths invaded the place.

Later in the 8th century, the moors conquered the place while they were driving from the northern Africa to southern France. Only 100 years after that, the Franks, led by Louis-the-Pious, occupied the city and built up a powerful military presence. The Carolingian empire had established many counties, among which, Barcelona was most important. In 898, Wilfred the Hairy, the Count of Barcelona unified Barcelona with the other Carolingian territories. In 988, Count Borrelll II gained independence from Carolingian kings for Barcelona and he became the dominant military and political force of the region, later named as Catalonia.

The Catalan counts later joined together their forces to form the Crown of Aragon, which conquered several international possessions, reigning over western Mediterranean sea in the 13th century, and by the 14th century, Barcelona’s empire included Malta, Sicily, Valencia, Sardinia, Balearics, Cerdagne, Rousillon’s French regions and some part of the Greece. Barcelona and Catalonia were taken possession of by Napoleon, but it came back to Spain after his downfall.